is a great book! A thoroughly enjoyable read (filled with self-deprecating pigskin humor), using a fun topic (football!), to teach: 'Deep lessons. Strong lessons. Lasting lessons. . .' about the deadly serious world of leadership. Read this book. You can't help but learn!'" --Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, USA (ret.), Author, On Combat and On Killing
, Director, Killology Research Group
"Great book! Gridiron Leadership
is a creative blend of football, military and corporate historical vignettes that provide visual examples of leadership, applicable to any organization focused on excellence. Experienced or inexperienced, senior or junior, this book contains many fresh ideas to teach and demonstrate to leaders how to think versus what to think. Evan, Jason and Scott walk you through what it takes to build a winning organization, from the individuals assigned, to selecting your leaders and high performers, to creating the synergy in the team needed to achieve greatness. The beauty of this book is the applicability of the lessons learned to any sport, military organization, business unit, corporation or civic group." --Kenneth O. Preston, Sergeant Major of the Army
"Success on the 'fields of friendly' strife requires the ability to think and execute under physical and mental stress, and playing sports forges important leadership qualities, beginning with selflessness, discipline, adaptability, teamwork, and perseverance. Gridiron Leadership
takes the lessons learned between the lines and shows how we can apply them as leaders in other areas of life, from the military to government and the private sector. Written in an engaging style that makes it hard to put down, Gridiron Leadership
is a 'must read' for football fans and aspiring leaders everywhere." --General Raymond T. Odierno, Commanding General, Multi-National Force--Iraq
"One key theme that Gridiron Leadership
absolutely nails is the clear delineation between true leadership and management. Most recent leadership books interchange the two, and thus miss the mark. The chapter on 'Franchise Players' is fantastic as it highlights the importance of team, stretch goals, commitment, and never shirking responsibility." --Kevin Shuba, Group President, CHEP Americas, USMA Class of 1981
"In their book Gridiron Leadership: Winning Strategies and Breakthrough Tactics
, authors Evan Offstein, Jason Morwick, and Scott Griffith explore the extent to which attributes that lead to success in sports--motivation, team work, discipline, preparation, adaptability, goal setting--are common to leaders in all fields. As a former high school and college football player, I find their ideas are not only insightful, but also directly applicable to all walks of life.'" --William E. "Brit" Kirwan, Chancellor, University System of Maryland, Co-Chair of Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
From the Back Cover
Football demands cohesive teamwork, seamless execution, top performance, and strong leaders and coaches. In other words, it requires exactly what any successful enterprise needs. Gridiron Leadership: Winning Strategies and Breakthrough Tactics
brings the worlds of sports and management together, teaching essential leadership and strategy lessons through the stories, language, and experience of the gridiron.
This remarkable book uses real moments from the worlds of professional and college football, as well as a wide range of evocative football metaphors, in a thoughtful, systematic way to dissect the craft of leadership and communicate essential management lessons. Drawing on the collective decades of experience of its authors and the training course "Gridiron Leadership," developed by coauthor Scott Griffith, it covers the full range of modern organizational issues, including human resources, crisis leadership, ethical leadership, strategic decision making, and organizational change.
With so many leadership and strategy books sending the same messages in the same ways, this fresh approach is truly groundbreaking, using a familiar frame of reference to capture and enhance understanding of the concepts and practice of leadership, strategy, and execution. Covering everything from building a winning team to analyzing the needs of stakeholders, this is the playbook today's leaders have been waiting for.